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|Chris Dufficy (left) and J.P. Walker (right) comparing smilespans at Camp of Champions.|
Since it's summer now (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) odds are all the snow has vanished from your local hill and the only things keeping you sane are your old shred flicks, the occasional freezer head dip and a lot of daydreaming about snowboard camp. The draw is obvious. These fanatsy camps offer Joe Rad and Mary Shred the chance to ride soft snow in the sun, kick their skills up a level, and rub elbows (or swellbows) with some of the best pros in snowboarding.
Guys like Chris Dufficy, for example, who recently took the position of Head Coach at Camp of Champions. Duff's a legend in the game, has bounced back from injuries that should have permanently sidelined him, and still holds it down with standout style. With his trademark ear-to-ear grin and that always super-positive attitude Chris Dufficy is a veritable ambassador of stoke. It's hard to imagine anyone better suited to act as Head Coach and keep all the kids hyped at COC this summer. Here's what he had to say about the new gig and what we can expect up on Blackcomb glacier.
ESPN.com: How did the new job come about?
Chris Dufficy: I had no idea Camp of Champions was looking for a new head coach. I just assumed that I was going to be a regular coach and when the offer came up I thought it would be a good change in pace for the summer.
Are you going to be a ball breaker on the coaches?
For sure! [Laughs] No, not at all. We all have a mutual respect for each other and want to make sure the kids have the best possible time.
You've coached at Camp of Champions for a decade. What are the biggest changes you've seen during that period with both riding and coaching?
The biggest change is the size of our park. COC is slowly taking over the entire glacier one lane at a time. With so much space we are able to build custom obstacles for beginners to experts, creating a fun and faster learning experience for all riding levels.
|Look closely. Chris Dufficy is the only one on the entire bus who doesn't look bummed. Typical.|
What's the funniest thing you've ever seen during a day at camp?
Anytime there's a snowball fight waiting for the T-bar!
Whistler has one of its deepest bases in some time, what are you expecting of the Arena-built park?
With all this snow the park crew will be able to maintain every feature for the entire time camp is on. They will also be able to change the layout as they see fit to keep everybody happy.
What's new at the camp for this summer? br>We now have another lane on the hill to create custom features. Basically another 150 feet of space to create more jibs for the campers.
Run us through the highlights of what's happening up there this summer.
First week COC has the TransWorld crew, Helgason brothers and the first stop of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour with the Billabong Ante Up. Second week consists of the Burton, Pirate movie productions and Clast crews. Third week is the People crew and StepChild week. Forum will be up there for the last week. Also, pros like Torstein Horgmo, Seb Toutant, Mark McMorris, Dan Brisse and Jake Kuzyk will be up there all summer long.
What's your advice for kids looking to go to camp this summer? What should they be prepared for?
Sunscreen is your best friend. The sun reflects off the snow so remember to put it everywhere and as often as possible -- in your nose, ears, eyelids, neck and under your chin. Don't ruin your COC experience by getting a sunburn and not being able to take advantage of the camp and all the amazing things it has to offer.
And lastly what's your plan when camp is done?
Golf, golf and more golf!